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Actress in contract dispute reaches settlement

Texas parties to a contract who believe another party is in breach may have legal recourse. This is exemplified in a case in which an actress filed a multi-million dollar against a television network for being in breach of a contract.

Gabrielle Union had alleged in her breach of contract lawsuit that caable network BET and the producers of her hit television show "Being Mary Jane" purposely modified the terms of their agreement with her to save on costs. The producers allegedly removed the provision that stipulated a substantial break between the 10-episode fourth and fifth seasons of the show. Union sought general damages of $3 million or more and a vow that the network would not pursue more than 13 episodes for any season of the show.

According to her contract, the actress is to receive at least $150,000 for each episode of the show's fourth season and $15,000 more per episode of the fifth season. Her attorneys state that the contract she signed for the television show was devised to accommodate her movie career and that the television network promised the her legal team that she would not have to appear in more than 13 episodes a season. Reportedly, this condition was the reason Union agreed to sign the contract.

However, the agreement was amended in accordance to corporate policy to allow a minimum of 10 episodes and a maximum of 26 episodes for the actress. Allegedly, the actress was only notified a week before principal photography that the network wanted the fourth season to consist of 20 episodes.

Many contract disputes can be settled after a period of negotiations by the parties and their respective attorneys. This can often be a preferred result when prolonged litigation would be disastrous.

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